Esperanza Rising

by Pam Muñoz Ryan

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Book Information

Publication Date: October 1, 2012


Reading Level: Lexile Measure 750L, , Scholastic Guided Reading Level V


Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8


Major Awards: Jane Addams Children's Book Awards for Book for Older Children


Number of Pages: 282 pages


Approximate Word Count: 40,890 words


Audible Book Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins


Book Themes: Perseverance, Home, Justice, Proverty, Principles, Dreams, Vision of America, Prejudice


Genre: historical fiction novel for young adults


Setting: Aguascalientes, Mexico, 1924-1930; The San Joaquin Valley, California, 1930-1931


Important Quote: “We are like the phoenix," said Abuelita. "Rising again, with a new life ahead of us.”


First Line: "Our land is alive, Esperanza," said Papa, taking her small hand as they walked through the gentle slopes of the vineyard. Leafy green vines draped the arbors and the grapes were ready to drop. Esperanza was six years old and loved to walk with her papa through the winding rows, gazing up at him and watching his eyes dance with love for the land.


Point of View: Third Person (Limited Omniscient)

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